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LLVM Clang 3.5 Brings Some Compiler Performance Improvements

2 hours 20 min ago
If all goes well, LLVM 3.5 will be released today. While we have already delivered some LLVM/Clang benchmarks of the 3.5 SVN code, over the days ahead we will be delivering more benchmarks of the updated compiler stack -- including looking at its performance against the in-development GCC 5.0. For getting this latest series of compiler benchmarking at Phoronix started, here's some fresh numbers of LLVM Clang 3.4 compared to a recent release candidate of LLVM Clang 3.5.

New Group Calls For Boycotting Systemd

6 hours 52 min ago
A new project has been established that's trying to boycott systemd and the Linux distributions utilizing systemd...

The Features To Find With The Imminent Release Of LLVM/Clang 3.5

7 hours 38 min ago
LLVM 3.5 is tentatively scheduled to be released tomorrow as the latest bi-annual update to the open-source compiler infrastructure along with its sub-projects like the Clang C/C++ front-end. If you haven't been following its development closely or trying out the pre-releases, here's a recap of some of the changes you can find with this newest release...

GNU Folks Still Working On Their "FreeDink" Game

7 hours 55 min ago
GNU FreeDink is still going on as an GPL-licensed portable and improved upon version of the Dink Smallwood game engine...

Borderlands 2 Is Coming To Linux

9 hours 43 min ago
Borderlands 2, an action role-playing game mixed with first-person shooter elements is coming to Linux. Borderlands 2 has been out for Windows gamers for nearly two years while now it's finally getting ready to meet Linux and SteamOS gamers...

The Witcher 2 Ups The Performance More & Works Around Catalyst Bug

12 hours 25 sec ago
Just over three months after the release of the troubled Witcher 2 Linux port, it seems The Witcher 2's performance is finally getting into decent shape after numerous optimizations and bug-fixes...

Running Gallium3D's LLVMpipe On The Eight-Core 5GHz CPU

12 hours 30 min ago
Having an eight-core CPU that can clock up to 5.0GHz (albeit having a 220 Watt TDP), curiosity got the best of me to run some quick (or slow) Gallium3D LLVMpipe tests just to see how this software fall-back driver performs...

Trying Intel OpenCL On Linux For Video Encoding

14 hours 3 min ago
Following my testing and reporting last weekend about Intel Beignet starting to provide very usable open-source OpenCL support on Linux, one of the most common requests was to next see if this Intel OpenCL Linux supprot benefits x264 encoding at all...

GSoC 2014 Yielded Some Improvements For Mesa/X.Org This Year

15 hours 20 min ago
Google's annual Summer of Code project ended last month and I've been meaning to write a brief update about the work done by the student open-source developers on their X.Org-related work...

GCC 5.0 Adds DragonFlyBSD Support

16 hours 26 min ago
The latest addition to GCC 5's growing list of features is official support for DragonFlyBSD on i386 and x86_64 architectures...

webOS Lives On As LuneOS With New Release

16 hours 58 min ago
Formerly known as webOS Ports, LuneOS was officially released today for letting the HP TouchPad and select Google Nexus devices re-live what's best about webOS...

AMD Launches New FX CPUs, Cuts Prices On Existing Processors

18 hours 20 min ago
AMD today is rolling out three new FX-Series processors (the FX-8320E, FX-8370E, and FX-8370) while cutting prices on their existing Vishera AM3+ FX processors. AMD sent over the new FX-8370 and FX-8370E CPUs last week to Phoronix (the FX-8320E is still forthcoming) so we are here with the rundown on the Linux performance of these new FX CPUs compared to a wide variety of other Intel and AMD Linux systems with Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.

Ondemand vs. Performance CPU Governing For AMD FX CPUs On Linux 3.17

Tuesday 2nd of September 2014 04:00:00 AM
Given recent comments by Phoronix readers, here are some fresh results from the AMD FX-9590 Eight-Core CPU when testing the different CPU scaling governors with the CPUfreq driver on the Linux 3.17 kernel.

Marek Lands Radeon Gallium3D HyperZ Improvements

Tuesday 2nd of September 2014 12:30:01 AM
Well known open-source Radeon driver developer Marek Olšák has landed a number of commits today inside mainline Mesa Git for improving the state of HyperZ for AMD hardware, a feature that remains disabled by default for the open-source Radeon Linux driver due to stability and artifact issues...

Mozilla Firefox 32 Surfaces With HTML5, Developer Changes

Tuesday 2nd of September 2014 12:18:44 AM
If you checkout the Mozilla FTP servers tonight the official 32.0 builds have surfaced for the Firefox web-browser...

Android Build Support Improved For Libdrm

Monday 1st of September 2014 04:36:19 PM
Emil Velikov, the new Mesa release manager, just landed a large set of libdrm patches for improving the open-source graphics drivers for Android...

Preview: AMD's FX-9590 Eight-Core At Up To 5.0GHz On Linux

Monday 1st of September 2014 03:30:00 PM
Since last year AMD's had the FX-9590 as the top-end Vishera CPU that can top out at 5.0GHz with its Turbo Frequency, but initially this processor was only available to OEM system builds. Over time the OEM version of the FX-9590 became available to consumers while earlier this summer AMD launched a retail version of the FX-9590 that included the eight-core CPU with a closed-loop water cooling solution. Today we're reviewing this highest-end Vishera CPU to see how it compares to other AMD and Intel processors on Ubuntu Linux.

Nouveau X.Org Driver Released With DRI3+Present, Maxwell, GLAMOR

Monday 1st of September 2014 01:32:41 PM
The Nouveau development community released the xf86-video-nouveau 1.0.11 driver update to kick off the start of September. While you wouldn't guess it from the version number, this driver update is actually very significant and introduces a lot of new functionality and other improvements...

XBMC/Kodi 14 Is Going To Be Mostly About Cleaning Up

Monday 1st of September 2014 01:11:49 PM
XBMC, which renamed itself to Kodi, is out with a new alpha release for the Kodi 14 media center software. While XBMC 13 introduced a lot of new features, Kodi 14 is going to be mostly about minor refinements...

Microsoft & AMD Release C++ AMP Compiler With Linux Support

Monday 1st of September 2014 12:57:04 PM
AMD and Microsoft jointly released C++ AMP version 1.2 compiler that supports Linux alongside Windows. Ubuntu is the officially supported distribution at this time...

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Leftovers: Gaming

  • Ryan Icculus Gordon On The Linux Action Show
    Ryan Icculus Gordon has just recently been on a guest on the excellent Linux Action Show to talk about Linux gaming. Ryan Icculus Gordon is the name behind a number of big ports, and you can see here just what he has done. Hint: It's a lot.
  • Empire: Total War Looks Close To A Linux Version, Pokes Fun At Linux Gamers
    We already knew that Total War: Rome II would come to Linux which sadly didn't come out when expected early this year, but now it looks like the original Empire: Total War will come to Linux too.
  • Another (Linux) game added to the Humble Jumbo Bundle 2
    - Legend of Grimrock: Old school and modern gaming combines in this thrilling dungeon crawler RPG from Almost Human Games. A group of prisoners are sentenced to certain death by exile to the secluded Mount Grimrock for vile crimes they may or may not have committed. Unbeknownst to their captors, the mountain is riddled with ancient tunnels, dungeons, and tombs built by crumbled civilizations long perished now. If they ever wish to see daylight again and reclaim their freedom, the ragtag group of prisoners must form a team and descend through the mountain, level by level.