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Blender 2.71 Brings Rendering, Modelling Improvements

Thursday 26th of June 2014 04:05:26 PM
Blender 2.71 was released today for those using this flagship, open-source 3D modeling software...

Intel Beignet 0.9 Adds Bay Trail, OpenCL 1.2, Major Performance Improvements

Thursday 26th of June 2014 03:00:00 PM
Beignet, Intel's method of supporting OpenCL compute under open-source Linux on the graphics cores within their modern processors, is out with a very significant release today...

Intel MIC Run-Time Offload Library Close To Entering GCC

Thursday 26th of June 2014 02:42:05 PM
Intel's MIC run-time offload library will likely be added to the GNU Compiler Collection in the very near future...

NVIDIA's Performance Counters Closer To Being Exposed By Nouveau

Thursday 26th of June 2014 01:25:48 PM
The work by open-source student developer Samuel Pitoiset taking part again in Google's Summer of Code is continuing to show signs of progress. Pitoiset is the one that's been working towards an open-source version of NVIDIA's NVPerfKit with exposing NVIDIA's performance counters on Linux using the open-source Nouveau driver...

New Features Coming For Qt 5.4

Thursday 26th of June 2014 10:39:40 AM
Qt 5.3 was released back in May (while yesterday marked the Qt 5.3.1 release). Qt 5.4 thus has been an active development target for many weeks now and it's beginning to show with the development branch locking in early August...

X.Org's Generic Mode-Setting Driver Updated

Thursday 26th of June 2014 09:15:34 AM
Version 0.9.0 of the X.Org's xf86-video-modesetting driver, which provides a universal DDX for systems with a DRM/KMS display driver, has been updated...

ASRock Z97 Extreme6

Thursday 26th of June 2014 07:08:24 AM
Those looking for an Intel Z97 motherboard that's Linux-friendly and jam-packed with features should checkout the ASRock Z97 Extreme6 as it should cost you less than $170 USD.

Radeon X.Org 7.4.0 Driver Brings More Tiling, R300/R500 GLAMOR

Thursday 26th of June 2014 04:14:22 AM
A stable update to the xf86-video-ati "Radeon" X.Org driver was released on Wednesday...

The GTK3 Port Of Firefox Is Making Progress, Firefox Can Run On Wayland

Wednesday 25th of June 2014 10:27:31 PM
While GTK3 isn't yet used by default with Mozilla's Firefox web-browser, the port to the newer version of the GNOME tool-kit is making progress. As a great sign, Firefox is starting to run on Wayland with the Weston compositor!..

Microsoft Open-Sources Its OOXML SDK

Wednesday 25th of June 2014 09:40:47 PM
While Microsoft's Open XML (OOXML) SDK has long been publicly available, today they have finally decided to open-source this software development kit...

Qt 5.3.1 Officially Released

Wednesday 25th of June 2014 09:32:08 PM
The first point release to Qt 5.3 has been released by Digia...

Linux 3.16: Deadline I/O Scheduler Generally Leads With A SSD

Wednesday 25th of June 2014 05:07:13 PM
There's been numerous requests lately for more disk I/O scheduler benchmarks on Phoronix of the Linux kernel and its various scheduler options. Given that there's routinely just speculation and miscommunication by individuals over the best scheduler for HDDs/SSDs, here's some fresh benchmarks for reference using the Linux 3.16 kernel.

PC-BSD 10.0.2 Brings An Alpha Version Of The Lumina Desktop

Wednesday 25th of June 2014 03:21:44 PM
The latest PC-BSD quarterly update is out for the popular desktop-focused version of FreeBSD...

Running The Linux 3.16 Kernel Might Be A Bit Slower On An Ultrabook

Wednesday 25th of June 2014 01:42:02 PM
For those running an Intel ultrabook, here's some benchmarks using the Linux 3.16 kernel on this portable x86 hardware compared to Linux 3.15. Unfortunately, the results aren't too promising...

Mesa 10.1.5 & Mesa 10.2.2 Released

Wednesday 25th of June 2014 12:50:09 PM
New point releases in the Mesa 10.1 and Mesa 10.2 series are now available...

Linux Gaming Benchmarks With Plasma-Next, KDE Frameworks 5

Wednesday 25th of June 2014 07:39:31 AM
Up for your viewing pleasure today were some quick benchmarks done of the next-generation KDE desktop stack compared to the KDE 4.13.0 and Unity 7.2.1 desktops of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.

XWayland GLAMOR & DRI3 Support Added In Mainline X.Org Server

Wednesday 25th of June 2014 05:59:09 AM
A commit to the X.Org Server code-base tonight added GLAMOR and DRI3 support for XWayland...

Wayland's libinput 0.4.0 Released

Wednesday 25th of June 2014 04:53:34 AM
The latest Wayland news this morning on top of several other events is the release of libinput 0.4.0 by Peter Hutterer...

Drawing Tablet Support Being Figured Out For Wayland

Wednesday 25th of June 2014 04:26:03 AM
Support for drawing tablets is currently being figured out for the Wayland protocol...

Touchscreen Support Added To GNOME's Mutter On Wayland

Wednesday 25th of June 2014 04:01:52 AM
With today's release of Mutter 3.13.3, GNOME on Wayland has support for touchscreen support...