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Fedora Linux Had A Heck Of A Year, Finally Hitting Wayland-By-Default

Monday 26th of December 2016 10:39:51 PM
This year was quite the year for Red Hat's Fedora Linux distribution with the successful launches of Fedora 24 and 25, the later including Wayland-by-default with the Fedora 25 Workstation release atop GNOME 3.22...

NewGVN Merged Into LLVM

Monday 26th of December 2016 10:07:16 PM
The long in-development "NewGVN" code to provide a new global value numbering (GVN) algorithm within the LLVM code-base has been merged to master...

Darktable 2.2 NVIDIA OpenCL Benchmarks

Monday 26th of December 2016 08:38:55 PM
With this weekend's release of the Darktable 2.2 RAW digital photography workflow software being out and it having OpenCL improvements among other advancements, I've been carrying out some fresh benchmarks for this popular open-source, cross-platform program...

Intel Has More DRM Graphics Code For Testing, Targeting Linux 4.11

Monday 26th of December 2016 04:39:40 PM
While Linux 4.10-rc1 was only released yesterday and there will be about two months before it rolls around to the Linux 4.11 merge window, Intel OTC already has new code ready for testing...

The Most Popular Vulkan News From 2016

Monday 26th of December 2016 03:09:27 PM
While Vulkan 1.0 only made its public debut in February, on Phoronix in 2016 were 231 news items so far about this new graphics API from The Khronos Group, not counting the dozens of benchmarking articles looking at length about GPU/driver Linux performance...

Linux 4.10-rc1 Gained 488k Lines, Kernel Up 1.9+ Million Lines For 2016

Monday 26th of December 2016 02:01:30 PM
Hitting the end of the year as well as yesterday's Linux 4.10-rc1 kernel marking the end of the merge window, here is a look at some kernel development statistics...

The Most Viewed Ubuntu & Mir News Of 2016

Monday 26th of December 2016 01:00:00 PM
With the end of 2016 in sight, here's a look back at the most popular Ubuntu news for the year...

HandBrake 1.0 OSS Video Transcoder Released: VP9 & Opus Support

Monday 26th of December 2016 12:09:46 PM
After more than one decade in development, the developer crew behind the HandBrake open-source video transcoder software finally released version 1.0 this weekend...

TrueOS & DragonFlyBSD Performance vs. Linux At The End Of 2016

Monday 26th of December 2016 11:51:26 AM
Last week I published various Linux workstation/server distribution OS benchmarks for ending out the year on the Linux distro comparison front (though a desktop/gaming focused comparison is coming this week) while for those curious here are some BSD operating system results compared to the Linux workstation/server performance figures.

Awesome 4.0 Window Manager Released

Monday 26th of December 2016 02:55:51 AM
Yet another open-source project pushing out a big release for the holidays is the Awesome Window Manager Framework. Awesome 4.0 was released today with some big changes for this open-source X11/X.Org window manager and incorporates about four years of changes since Awesome 3.5...

Mesa's RADV Vulkan Driver Receives Some Fixes For DOOM

Monday 26th of December 2016 02:37:49 AM
Red Hat developer Dave Airlie spent some of his Christmas committing some fixes to the open-source RADV Radeon Vulkan driver for benefiting id Software's DOOM game with Vulkan renderer...

Linux 4.10-rc1 Kernel Released As A Christmas Present From Torvalds

Monday 26th of December 2016 12:44:35 AM
The merge window is over and the first release candidate to Linux 4.10 is now available for testing... Had Close To 8 Million Test/Suite Benchmark Downloads This Year

Sunday 25th of December 2016 07:00:00 PM as of today is at 21.2 million test profile and test suite downloads via the Phoronix Test Suite. That number increased by almost eight million this year!..

WD Blue 250GB SSD Linux Benchmarks

Sunday 25th of December 2016 05:39:19 PM
While I have owned many Western Digital hard drives over the years, last week was my first time trying out one of the company's new solid-state drives (SSDs) under Linux. Some Linux benchmark results to share for reference today are of the WD Blue 250GB (WDS250G1B0A) SATA 3.0 SSD...

FreeDOS 1.2 Released With New Installer & More Commands

Sunday 25th of December 2016 03:36:10 PM
The latest open-source project doing a new release timed for Christmas is FreeDOS...

LibreOffice Enables "Complex Text Layout" By Default

Sunday 25th of December 2016 03:28:57 PM
The latest LibreOffice news just days after announcing their MUFFIN user interface initiative is enabling the program's complex text layout mode by default...

Mir 0.25 Released: Pointer Confinement, Gamma KMS Support, Libmircore

Sunday 25th of December 2016 01:10:00 PM
For anyone hoping this year that Canonical would have decided to abandon their Mir display server efforts and shift focus back to Wayland, that did not happen, but in the stockings this holiday for Ubuntu users is an updated Mir display server release, version 0.25...

More Vulkan Improvements Land In GTK4 Toolkit Code

Sunday 25th of December 2016 01:00:00 PM
A number of improvements have landed to the GTK4 tool-kit's early back-end work on supporting Vulkan as an alternative to its OpenGL renderer is gaining ground...

Ruby 2.4 Programming Language Has Performance Updates & More

Sunday 25th of December 2016 12:34:20 PM
The Ruby project has continued in its annual tradition of releasing a new version of their programming language on Christmas, a tradition held up now for the past number of years...

OpenMandriva Lx 3.01 Brings Stable KDE Plasma On Wayland

Sunday 25th of December 2016 12:24:02 PM
The OpenMandriva developers have timed their Lx 3.01 operating system update release for Christmas...

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Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS Delayed Until February 2, Will Bring Linux 4.8, Newer Mesa

If you've been waiting to upgrade your Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system to the 16.04.2 point release, which should have hit the streets a couple of days ago, you'll have to wait until February 2. We hate to give you guys bad news, but Canonical's engineers are still working hard these days to port all the goodies from the Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) repositories to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, which is a long-term supported version, until 2019. These include the Linux 4.8 kernel packages and an updated graphics stack based on a newer X.Org Server version and Mesa 3D Graphics Library. Read more

Calamares Release and Adoption

  • Calamares 3.0 Universal Linux Installer Released, Drops Support for KPMcore 2
    Calamares, the open-source distribution-independent system installer, which is used by many GNU/Linux distributions, including the popular KaOS, Netrunner, Chakra GNU/Linux, and recently KDE Neon, was updated today to version 3.0. Calamares 3.0 is a major milestone, ending the support for the 2.4 series, which recently received its last maintenance update, versioned 2.4.6, bringing numerous improvements, countless bug fixes, and some long-anticipated features, including a brand-new PythonQt-based module interface.
  • Due to Popular Request, KDE Neon Is Adopting the Calamares Graphical Installer
    KDE Neon maintainer Jonathan Riddell is announcing today the immediate availability of the popular Calamares distribution-independent Linux installer framework on the Developer Unstable Edition of KDE Neon. It would appear that many KDE Neon users have voted for Calamares to become the default graphical installer system used for installing the Linux-based operating system on their personal computers. Indeed, Calamares is a popular installer framework that's being successfully used by many distros, including Chakra, Netrunner, and KaOS.

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