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Easter Yields The Linux 3.15-rc2 Kernel Release

Sun, 20/04/2014 - 7:06pm
Linus Torvalds just tagged the 3.15-rc2 kernel a few minutes ago in Git...

The Most Amazing OpenGL Tech Demo In 64kb

Sun, 20/04/2014 - 6:49pm
While we see lots of interesting OpenGL tech demos and graphics benchmarks at Phoronix, a demo we saw this weekend is perhaps the most impressive yet... And the compiled size of the GL4 demo is only 64kb!..

Packard Bell LM85 Now Supported By Coreboot

Sun, 20/04/2014 - 6:10pm
Packard Bell's EasyNote LM85 notebook now has mainline Coreboot support for those wishing to replace its proprietary BIOS...

AmazonBasics External USB 2.0 DVD Writer For Linux

Sun, 20/04/2014 - 3:54pm
Those in need of an affordable external DVD writer that's USB 2.0 based and will work with Linux, Amazon has a simple yet reliable and Linux-friendly slim external DVD burner that doesn't cost too much...

TP-LINK TG-3468: A $12 Linux PCI-E Gigabit Network Adapter

Sun, 20/04/2014 - 3:30pm
For those that may be looking for a PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet adapter, the TP-LINK TG-3468 is a suitable choice and costs just $12 USD and runs well with Linux...

AMD's New Athlon/Semprons Give Old Phenom CPUs A Big Run For The Money

Sun, 20/04/2014 - 6:00am
Curious how AMD's new AM1 platform APUs compare to the original AMD Phenom processors? Wondering myself, I ran some tests showing how the Sempron 2650 and 3850 along with the Athlon 5150 and 5350 compare to the original Phenom 9500 and Phenom II X3 710 processors with RS780/RS880 motherboards. Besides the new APUs being competitive against the old hardware while costing much less than the original Phenom CPUs, their power consumption is also at a fraction of AMD's former high-end processors. Here's a brief but nice look at AMD's processing evolution in going from Phenom CPUs to today's AMD budget APUs.

OpenELEC 4.0 Beta 6 Works On 4K Graphics, RPi ALSA

Sun, 20/04/2014 - 4:44am
The OpenELEC Linux distribution aimed for home theater PCs and other multimedia Linux experience is nearing its 4.0 release and is powered by XBMC 13...

Linux 3.15 Lands Some DRM Graphics Driver Fixes

Sat, 19/04/2014 - 10:03pm
Linus pulled into the mainline Linux 3.15 kernel on Saturday afternoon a big DRM queue that contained a lot of open-source graphics driver fixes...

AMD Is Disabling DPM Support For RV770 GPUs

Sat, 19/04/2014 - 8:00pm
For the many owners of "RV770" hardware out there with the once popular Radeon HD 4850 and HD 4870 graphics cards, AMD open-source developers are now proposing the dynamic power management (re-clocking) support be disabled by default to deal with open bugs...

OpenMandriva Lx 2014.0 RC1 Released

Sat, 19/04/2014 - 4:48pm
The first release candidate to the upcoming OpenMandriva Lx 2014.0 release has now taken place...

ReactOS Working On A Community Windows OS

Sat, 19/04/2014 - 3:44pm
A few months after ReactOS announced plans for a Cloud OS, the open-source project aiming for binary compatibility with Microsoft Windows platforms, is now trying to spin a community edition of its operating system...

How Much Video RAM Is Needed For Catalyst R3 Graphics?

Sat, 19/04/2014 - 3:16pm
For those wondering how much video memory you should allocate from your system RAM for the Radeon R3 Graphics with the new AM1 APUs, we have up some new Linux OpenGL benchmarks of the AMD Athlon 5350 performance with varying amounts of video memory available.

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS vs. 14.04 LTS Cloud Benchmarks

Sat, 19/04/2014 - 9:00am
Our latest Ubuntu 14.04 LTS benchmarks up this morning to complement our preliminary Ubuntu 14.04 LTS server benchmarks and desktop benchmarks are of the past two Ubuntu Long Term Support releases running within DigitalOcean's public cloud.

eRacks Keeps Pushing Linux, Open-Source Systems After 15 Years

Sat, 19/04/2014 - 8:26am
One of the newer supports of is eRacks, a company specializing in open-source systems -- primarily rackmounts and other high performance hardware -- since 1999...

Borderlands Is Being Considered For Linux

Sat, 19/04/2014 - 4:41am
Gearbox Software is currently evaluating consumer interest in bringing Borderlands 2 to Linux...

Mesa 10.0 & 10.1 Stable Get Updated

Sat, 19/04/2014 - 4:15am
New stable versions of Mesa 10.0 and 10.1 were released on Friday...

Getting Hit By The Variable Performance Of The Public Cloud

Sat, 19/04/2014 - 12:11am
With yesterday's official release of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS I set out to do some benchmarks of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS vs. 14.04 LTS in the public cloud. Unfortunately, that testing was drawn out due to the variable performance out of instances/droplets in the public cloud that are even of the same instance type...

Using Clang's Static Analyzer To Find Bugs In Your Code

Fri, 18/04/2014 - 11:50pm
Besides shorter compile times and other benefits, one of the other commonly talked about advantages of using LLVM's Clang C/C++ compiler is its arguably excellent static analyzer tool...

Git 2.0 Test Releases Begin With Many Changes

Fri, 18/04/2014 - 9:28pm
Junio Hamano has made for an exciting weekend with the announcement of Git 2.0.0-rc0, the first test release of the upcoming Git 2.0 release that will have features breaking backward compatibility with Git 1.x...

Wine 1.7.17 Works On Its Task Scheduler, C Run-Time

Fri, 18/04/2014 - 7:24pm
The latest bi-weekly Wine development release just happened...