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X.Org Voting Starts: Will X.Org Merge With The SPI?

Monday 23rd of March 2015 01:45:02 PM
The X.Org Foundation elections have finally got underway after being delayed to vote on new directors as well as having the X.Org members decide whether the foundation should dissolve its 501(c)3 status and become a sub-project of the SPI Inc...

GTK+ 3.16 Released With Mir Backend, Native OpenGL Support

Monday 23rd of March 2015 01:17:55 PM
It's GNOME 3.16 week! Matthias Clasen checked in the important GTK+ 3.16.0 package prior to the deadline tonight...

GNU Nano 2.4.0 Brings Complete Undo System, Linter Support & More

Monday 23rd of March 2015 12:55:13 PM
GNU Nano 2.4.0 was released this morning as the first stable update to this open-source CLI text editor in a number of years...

Linux 4.0-rc5 Mostly Has Routine Driver Updates

Monday 23rd of March 2015 12:42:30 PM
Linus Torvalds released the weekly release candidate to the Linux 4.0 kernel last night...

Cube2-Forked Red Eclipse 1.5 Sees Huge Update

Sunday 22nd of March 2015 11:43:35 PM
Version 1.5 of the open-source, cross-platform Red Eclipse first person shooter was released this weekend. Red Eclipse, which in turn is based on the Cube Engien 2, has seen some significant updates with this being the first major update in about two years...

Wine-Staging 1.7.39 Works On Speeding Up Wineserver Calls

Sunday 22nd of March 2015 08:43:39 PM
Following Friday's release of Wine 1.7.39, Wine-Staging 1.7.39 was released this Sunday with hundreds of extra patches on top of Wine...

What Linux vs. OS X Performance Tests Should Be Run Next?

Sunday 22nd of March 2015 06:07:11 PM
A new Apple Mac Mini happened to arrive at Phoronix that sports Intel Iris Graphics. It's now time to start benchmarking this Apple system with Intel Core i5 processor and run some comparative tests against Linux...

Support For Multiple Graphics Drivers With AMDKFD Kernel Driver

Sunday 22nd of March 2015 03:29:22 PM
A patch published on Sunday for the new AMDKFD HSA kernel driver adds support for using more than one graphics card/driver...

OpenGL Threaded Optimizations Responsible For NVIDIA's Faster Performance?

Sunday 22nd of March 2015 02:30:00 PM
With the recent BioShock Infinite Linux benchmark results and the big Metro Redux graphics card comparison on Linux, a fair number of Linux gamers have been bringing it up in the forums with their hypothesis that NVIDIA's Linux gaming performance wins is due to their driver supporting OpenGL threaded optimizations. Well, that's not always the case, as shown in this article with a __GL_THREADED_OPTIMIZATIONS comparison in many Linux games with different GeForce hardware.

A Look At BCache vs. LVM Cache For HDD+SSD Linux Systems

Sunday 22nd of March 2015 01:45:29 PM
For those thinking about potentially running a Linux system with a combination of SSD and HDD so that the solid-state drive would be able to act as a performance cache for commonly used data, BCache and LVM-cache/dmcache are two of the commonly used solutions...

AMD Is Hiring Two More Open-Source Linux GPU Driver Developers

Sunday 22nd of March 2015 01:28:04 PM
AMD issued two job postings this past week for hiring more open-source Linux graphics driver developers...

X.Org Core Purpose: Free & Open Accelerated Graphics Stack

Sunday 22nd of March 2015 12:57:36 PM
The 2015 X.Org Elections are finally getting started tomorrow after being delayed and running close on time for responding to SPI's resolution. Just in time for the elections to start, the revised foundation by-laws have been published that shift the focus of what the X.Org Foundation is about...

Big Graphics Card Comparison Of Metro Redux Games On Linux

Saturday 21st of March 2015 05:00:00 PM
While in the process of benchmarking BioShock Infinite on Linux with AMD and NVIDIA hardware given the Linux release of the title this week, I also took this opportunity to run a 22-way graphics card comparison of Metro Last Light Redux and Metro 2033 Redux on the latest AMD and NVIDIA graphics drivers atop Ubuntu 15.04. Here's those results.

Chromebooks Powered By The MIPS Pistachio, Linux Support Evolving

Saturday 21st of March 2015 03:18:12 PM
While Google Chromebooks up to this point have tended to be ARM-based along with some using low-power Atom x86 SoCs, it appears Imagination Technologies is working towards some MIPS design wins for these Internet-focused devices. Imagination has been working on MIPS improvements within Coreboot as a ChromeOS partner...

OpenGL Arrays-of-Arrays Getting Finished Up For Mesa

Saturday 21st of March 2015 02:29:33 PM
Timothy Arceri has moved on to working towards finishing up work on the ARB_arrays_of_arrays extension as needed by OpenGL 4.3...

NSS 3.18 Release Increases RSA Key Pair Size, Ups Protocol Versions

Saturday 21st of March 2015 12:55:37 PM
Mozilla announced the updated release this week of their NSS (Network Security Services) libraries...

New SecureBoot Concerns Arise With Windows 10

Saturday 21st of March 2015 11:40:41 AM
Linux users are getting frightened after yesterday's news of SecureBoot on Windows 10 potentially not being disable-able...

Allwinner Plays Around With Licenses On Its Media Codec

Saturday 21st of March 2015 11:27:41 AM
Allwinner has yet to clarify their license position on their media codec code or fully open up their encode/decode library for that matter when it's fairly clear they're violating the GPL and recently they've been trying to cover it up by obfuscating their binaries...

HDMI CEC Framework Revived For The Linux Kernel

Saturday 21st of March 2015 08:17:40 AM
The HDMI CEC (Consumer Electronics Control) framework for the Linux kernel has been revived after being stalled in development for quite some time...

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Leftovers: Software

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  • Calibre eBook Editor Gets Much Better Support for DOCX
    Calibre, a complete application to edit, view, and convert eBook files, has been updated yet again, and the developer has added a number of new features and various other fixes.
  • GNOME Builder - 3.16.2
    I released 3.16.0 a couple weeks ago without much fanfare. Despite many months of 16-hour days and weekends, it lacked some of the features I wanted to get into the "initial" release. So I didn't stop. I kept pushing through to make 3.16.2 the best that I could.
  • PacketFence v5.0 released
    The Inverse team is pleased to announce the immediate availability of PacketFence 5.0.0. This is a major release with new features, enhancements and important bug fixes. This release is considered ready for production use and upgrading from previous versions is strongly advised.
  • What are good open-source log monitoring tools on Linux
    In an operating system, logs are all about keeping track of events, be it critical system errors, resource usage warnings, transaction history, application status, or user activities. These logs, which are stored as (text or binary) files in the system, are useful for system auditing, debugging and maintenance. However, with so many different system entities generating log files, and even at growing rate, the challenge as a system admin is to how to "consume" these log files effectively.
  • Apache Fortress Core 1.0-RC40 released !
  • Say Hello to Open Source Puppet 4!
    Production-ready Open Source Puppet 4 is now available! We’re excited to announce new features and enhancements that will extend your use of Puppet for faster, more consistent management of server configurations. We’ve added capabilities to help you save time, reduce errors, and increase reliability.
  • textprint: Visually impressive, in only 18K
    textprint takes a flat data file as input, and arranges it graphically to fit the terminal without distorting the image. From there, textprint goes from zero-to-60, in about two seconds.

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Leftovers: Gaming

  • Age Of Wonders III Fully Released On Linux, Some Early Thoughts & A Port Report
    Age of Wonders III has been highly requested by Linux fans, and now that it’s fully released I decided to take a look. The developers graciously gave me a copy to test, so many thanks to them for this. The Linux (and Mac) versions came alongside a new patch, and a brand new expansion. You can see their official news post on Steam linked here.
  • The Banner Saga Is Finally Available For Linux
    The Banner Saga has been highly sought after from Linux users, and the day has finally come. The new update also adds controller support.
  • Gratuitous Space Battles 2 Released For Linux, Some Thoughts Included
    It’s a great time to be a fan of space combat games, and the latest release for us is Gratuitous Space Battles 2 which I’ve taken a look at. The game was ported to Linux thanks to Ethan Lee, who has done quite a number of ports for us now. He’s much like Ryan Gordon in the way that he ports a lot of other people’s games. His ports are usually good too.

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