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digiKam 4.6 Released, Porting Still Ongoing To KF5/Qt5

Thursday 18th of December 2014 04:20:36 PM
In time to manage your digital camera photos this Christmas and New Year, digiKam 4.6.0 was officially released today...

PostgreSQL 9.4 Brings JSONB & Many Other New Features

Thursday 18th of December 2014 03:47:24 PM
PostgreSQL 9.4 is out in time for Christmas with numerous changes for users of this open-source database solution...

That Nasty Linux Kernel Lockup Bug Is Still Unresolved

Thursday 18th of December 2014 03:27:07 PM
Nearly one month ago back during the Linux 3.18 release candidates there was a worrisome regression uncovered by kernel developers, but now with the Linux 3.19 merge window nearly over, that issue still has yet to be firmly addressed...

KDE's Krita Loses Its Main Backer

Thursday 18th of December 2014 02:19:41 PM
Since 2007 there has been KO GmbH as a support and software service company built around KOffice/Calligra in their belief that the software was "getting ready for the big time", but seven years later the situation is not so good and KO GmbH is no longer handling Krita...

Inline Data Support Comes To CephFS With Linux 3.19

Thursday 18th of December 2014 02:00:35 PM
The Ceph file-system in Linux 3.19 will support inline data to offer performance improvements for some operations...

VC4 Gallium3D Adds DMA-BUF Support, Yields Working DRI3

Thursday 18th of December 2014 01:43:57 PM
Beyond the VC4 Gallium3D work yesterday landing in Mesa that led to this Raspberry Pi graphics driver potentially running much faster, DMA-BUF support was also added...

GNOME Builder Is Still Building Up To A New IDE For Developers

Thursday 18th of December 2014 01:30:07 PM
GNOME Builder is that interesting GNOME IDE project for developers...

UDisks & UPower Get Updated For The Holidays

Thursday 18th of December 2014 12:59:03 PM
Released this morning were new versions of UDisks and UPower...

Raspberry Pi's Gallium3D Driver Could Now Run Significantly Faster

Thursday 18th of December 2014 02:44:15 AM
Eric Anholt, the lead developer developer behind the Broadcom VC4 Mesa/Gallium3D driver stack for supporting the Raspberry Pi, has announced a new performance achievement...

CMake 3.1 Brings Windows Additions, Target Compile Feature

Thursday 18th of December 2014 01:13:17 AM
Version 3.1 of the CMake build system is now available with various improvements...

KDE Applications 14.12 Released

Wednesday 17th of December 2014 11:23:43 PM
KDE Applications 14.12 was just released today with new features and fixes to more than one hundred KDE applications...

Fedora 21 Released For POWER & AArch64 Hardware

Wednesday 17th of December 2014 11:11:24 PM
While Fedora 21 was officially released last week, coming out today is the release of Fedora 21 for the PowerPC and ARM AArch64 architectures...

Elasticsearch & wxPython 3 Proposed For Fedora 22

Wednesday 17th of December 2014 06:40:15 PM
Last week I wrote about new features being proposed for Fedora 22 and today there's two more system wide changes to talk about...

The New SuperTuxKart Looks Better, But Can Cause GPU/Driver Problems

Wednesday 17th of December 2014 04:49:26 PM
A new SuperTuxKart beta premiered today after one year of work and lands their new graphics engine that leverages OpenGL 3.1 for rendering. I've now had some hands on time with this open-source GL3 game with some initial thoughts...

GTK+ On Windows Now Supports OpenGL

Wednesday 17th of December 2014 04:23:40 PM
For users of the GTK+ tool-kit on Windows, OpenGL support is coming and follows in the footsteps of GTK's recent OpenGL focus and enablement on Linux...

New Ruby Benchmarks On GCC vs. LLVM Clang Compilers

Wednesday 17th of December 2014 04:10:50 PM
Earlier this month were the independent benchmark results that saw Ruby built under Clang was faster than GCC when a developer running Debian was doing some basic compiler performance tests. Now another developer has done more extensive Ruby benchmarks on varying versions of GCC and Clang...

Multi-Stream Transport 4K Monitors To Become Better Supported On Linux

Wednesday 17th of December 2014 02:46:59 PM
For a number of months David Airlie at Red Hat has been working on DisplayPort Multi-Stream Transport (DP MST) handling for Linux. Keith Packard over at Intel is now playing with DP MST too for bettering modern 4K display support on Linux within X.Org Server based environments...

New Supertuxkart Beta Lands New Graphics Engine, Uses OpenGL 3.1+

Wednesday 17th of December 2014 02:30:32 PM
Supertuxkart 0.8.2 is now in beta. While v0.8.2 might not sound like a huge milestone from the numbers, it actually is. This Supertuxkart beta lands their new graphics engine that relies upon OpenGL 3.1+ for rendering...

SuperX 3.0 Beta Continues To Polish The KDE Desktop Experience

Wednesday 17th of December 2014 02:21:17 PM
SuperX is a relatively young Linux distribution that tries to ship a polished KDE desktop experience...

Radeon vs. Modesetting DDX Performance Comparison

Wednesday 17th of December 2014 01:55:05 PM
With xf86-video-modesetting continuing to add support for new features while being a generic hardware driver as long as there's an underlying DRM/KMS driver, how is the 2D and OpenGL performance compare when using this driver on an AMD GPU instead of the specialized xf86-video-ati DDX driver? Here's some benchmarks...

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