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Ubuntu 14.04.3 LTS Released With New Kernel & X Stack

Friday 7th of August 2015 01:08:35 AM
Ubuntu 14.04.3 has been released today as the latest point release to this newest Long-Term Support stack handled by Canonical for Ubuntu Linux...

Debian Wants To Tackle UEFI, But They Need Your Help

Thursday 6th of August 2015 11:08:05 PM
Over the weekend the Debian project put out a call, over Twitter, for UEFI horror stories as their developers begin to take a more serious look at Debian and UEFI, with the creation of a UEFI team...

GCC's JIT Library Is Still Working Out Speed Improvements

Thursday 6th of August 2015 05:14:43 PM
Present in GCC 5.x is libgccjit, an embeddable Just-In-Time compiler for the GNU Compiler Collection. While it's still largely experimental and I haven't heard of any projects really utilizing it in a production setting yet, more performance improvements are ahead...

Go 1.5 RC1 Released

Thursday 6th of August 2015 03:43:08 PM
The first release candidate is out for the upcoming Go 1.5 language update...

NVIDIA GeForce: Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu 15.04 Linux OpenGL Benchmarks

Thursday 6th of August 2015 03:30:00 PM
Earlier this week I ran some Windows 10 vs. Linux benchmarks of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, the latest AAA game that's been ported to Linux. Those results showed the Linux version of this game running much slower than Windows, so while having a Win10 installation around I decided to also run some fresh OpenGL Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu Linux benchmarks on some older titles. Here are those results.

Zaphod Support For The X.Org Mode-Setting Driver

Thursday 6th of August 2015 02:08:00 PM
Dave Airlie recently implemented support for the Zaphod mode within the X.Org Server's xf86-video-modesetting driver...

NetBSD Pushes Some Minor Improvements For The XGI X.Org Driver

Thursday 6th of August 2015 01:54:49 PM
If you're still relying upon a vintage XGI Volari graphics card or have a XGI integrated GPU on a server motherboard, thanks to the NetBSD folks there are 19 patches for the xf86-video-xgi open-source driver...

GCC 5 Is Causing Headaches For Ubuntu Touch Developers

Thursday 6th of August 2015 01:04:43 PM
Last week Ubuntu 15.10 transitioned over to GCC 5 and switching over to this major compiler update plus the associated libstdc++6 ABI changes is causing headaches for some developers...

Qt Creator 3.5 Nearly Ready For Release

Thursday 6th of August 2015 12:50:58 PM
Eike Ziller announced the release today of the release candidate for Qt Creator 3.5...

DisplayLink Releases First USB 3.0 Driver, But Doesn't Appear Fully Open

Thursday 6th of August 2015 12:26:41 PM
A few days after writing about a Linux driver coming for DisplayLink's USB 3.0-based hardware, they've released a binary driver for Ubuntu...

NVIDIA 355 Beta Linux Driver Benchmarks

Thursday 6th of August 2015 04:00:00 AM
While no performance improvements were explicitly mentioned as part of this week's NVIDIA 355 Beta driver release for Linux, there's been several requests by Phoronix readers to benchmark the new driver...

A Bug In The Intel Linux Graphics Driver Is Causing KDE's Plasma 5 To Crash

Thursday 6th of August 2015 02:05:40 AM
A bug affecting the open-source Intel Linux graphics driver appears to be responsible for many reports of KDE's Plasma 5 being unstable or causing crashes...

Subversion 1.9 Alters Its Format, Adds FSX Experimental Repo Backend

Wednesday 5th of August 2015 10:59:00 PM
For those still relying on the Subversion version control system, v1.9 is out for this Apache Software Foundation project...

Phoronix Reader: "GTK3 Kills Support For KDE"

Wednesday 5th of August 2015 09:00:00 PM
It was the subject line of a news tip this weekend.....

The New KDE "Fiber" Web Browser Deciding Between Qt WebEngine & Chromium

Wednesday 5th of August 2015 08:30:38 PM
A few weeks back we wrote about Fiber, yet another web-browser for Qt/KDE, while today there's a bit more information...

GTK+ 3.17.6 Brings Various Improvements

Wednesday 5th of August 2015 07:43:59 PM
A new development release of GNOME's GTK+ tool-kit is out for testing today...

Facebook Will Soon Roll Out Btrfs On Production Systems

Wednesday 5th of August 2015 06:49:01 PM
Back in 2013 Facebook began poaching top Btrfs developers and last year we reported on Facebook trying out Btrfs on some servers. Now it seems they're getting ready to utilize more of this next-generation Linux file-system in a production capacity...

AMDGPU Support Added To Mesa's DRM Library

Wednesday 5th of August 2015 06:29:48 PM
Support for utilizing the new AMDGPU DRM driver found in Linux 4.2 and newer has been added to Mesa's DRM library (libdrm)...

Fedora Linux May Further Demote i686 Support

Wednesday 5th of August 2015 04:38:16 PM
Fedora Linux developers are looking at further demoting i686 hardware support by making bugs pertaining to x86 32-bit not release blockers...

Qt Purchasing Module Might Come To Qt 5.6 For Offering In-App Purchases

Wednesday 5th of August 2015 03:38:38 PM
The Qt Company is hoping to integrate their "Qt Purchasing" module into the upcoming Qt 5.6 tool-kit release...

More in Tux Machines

Why you should ditch OpenOffice and use the free LibreOffice suite

OpenOffice was the first big, mainstream free software competitor to Microsoft Office, and because of that, it still has mainstream name recognition—which is a problem. Developers have almost all moved to LibreOffice, the spiritual successor to OpenOffice. But OpenOffice continues to be operated as its own project, seeing little development and only drawing potential LibreOffice users to a defunct piece of software. Read more

Firefox Fading, Ditching OpenOffice, and Containers

Dissatisfaction with Mozilla's recent announcement to change its extension core code is being expressed across the Internet. Folks aren't happy. Elsewhere, Chris Hoffman explains why you should switch from OpenOffice to LibreOffice and the Canonical IP fight continues. In other news, several container headlines caught my eye recently. Read more

Today in Techrights

today's leftovers

  • GTX 760 Vs R7 370 4G In Company Of Heroes 2
    Liam has done his initial port reports and such so it's my turn to feed you some information. I'm once again putting my GTX 760 against the R7 370 to see what kind of performance we can expect from Company of Heroes 2.
  • KDE Plasma 5.4 Enhances Linux Desktop Experience
    The K Desktop Environment (KDE) is one of the earliest Linux desktop environments, dating all the way back to 1996, predating even the popular GNOME desktop environment, which was started in 1999. On Aug. 25, the core KDE desktop, Plasma, got an incremental update to version 5.4 that builds on the innovations that the first Plasma 5 release introduced in July. Among the many changes that users will notice with Plasma 5.4 are more than 1,400 new icons for all KDE applications, providing a more streamlined, modern look and feel to the desktop. Also new to Plasma 5.4 is an optional Application Dashboard that provides a different way to open up applications. Finding an application, or anything else on the KDE desktop, is also improved by way of enhanced search history in the integrated KRunner search tool that is part of the desktop. Plus, the 5.4 update now provides initial support for the Wayland display server that is intended to be a replacement for the decade-old X-Window server. KDE as a desktop environment is available on multiple Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, Fedora and openSUSE. In this slide show, eWEEK examines some of the key features of the KDE Plasma 5.4 desktop.
  • KDE Sprints - who wins?
    To start with, KDE sprints are intensive sessions centered around coding. They take place in person over several days, during which time skillful developers eat, drink and sleep code. There are breaks to refresh and gain perspective, but mostly sprints involve hard, focused work. All of this developer time and effort is unpaid. However travel expenses for some developers are covered by KDE. KDE is a frugal organization with comparatively low administrative costs, and only one paid person who works part time. So the money donated for sprints goes to cover actual expenses. Who gets the money? Almost all of it goes to transportation companies.
  • GNOME Developers Discuss Codenames, GNOME 3.18 Might be Dubbed "Gothenburg"
    Allan Day, a GNOME UX designer working for Red Hat and renowned GNOME developer/contributor, opened an interesting discussion on the official GNOME mailing list, about possible codenames for upcoming releases of the acclaimed desktop environment for GNU/Linux operating systems.
  • ReadySpace Joins Red Hat Certified Cloud and Service Provider Program
    Hong-Kong based cloud service provider ReadySpace announced Thursday that it has joined the Red Hat Certified Cloud and Service Provider program. The new Red Hat partner program, launched in July, allows ReadySpace to deliver solutions based on Red Hat’s open source technologies. ReadySpace CEO David Loke said customers building on open source software and Linux servers had been asking for Red Hat solutions by name to run critical workloads in private and hybrid environments. The company will now offer private cloud build-outs, Linux infrastructure and PaaS solutions based on Red Hat.
  • Ubuntu, Canonical, and IP
    Recently there has been a flurry of concerns relating to the IP policy at Canonical. I have not wanted to throw my hat into the ring, but I figured I would share a few simple thoughts.
  • Canonical urges customers to ditch Windows 10 for Ubuntu
    In a recent posting, Canonical has tried new methods to appeal to Chief Technology Officers (CTOs) and cost conscious home users that they should switch to Ubuntu in lieu of Windows 10.