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Khronos Announces A Data Format Specification

Wednesday 29th of July 2015 04:29:51 PM
The Khronos Group, the organization behind OpenGL, OpenCL, Vulkan, and others, today announced a standard data format specification that's aptly called the "Khronos Data Format Specification 1.0."..

The AMD Radeon R9 Fury Is Currently A Disaster On Linux

Wednesday 29th of July 2015 03:40:00 PM
When AMD announced the Radeon R9 Fury line-up powered by the "Fiji" GPU with High Bandwidth Memory, I was genuinely very excited to get my hands on this graphics card. The tech sounded great and offered up a lot of potential, and once finally finding an R9 Fury in stock, shelled out nearly $600 for this graphics card. Unfortunately though, thanks to the current state of the Catalyst Linux driver, the R9 Fury on Linux is a gigantic waste for OpenGL workloads. The R9 Fury results only exemplifies the hideous state of AMD's OpenGL support for their Catalyst Linux driver with a NVIDIA graphics card costing $200 less consistently delivering better gaming performance.

NetBSD 7.0-RC2 Released

Wednesday 29th of July 2015 08:43:34 AM
For users of NetBSD, the second release candidate for its upcoming 7.0 release is now available...

What Windows 10 vs. Linux Benchmarks Would You Like To See?

Wednesday 29th of July 2015 04:00:00 AM
Windows 10 launches today! I'm excited about this latest Microsoft operating system release, but only for running some interesting Windows vs. Linux benchmarks...

Radeon Gallium3D Tackles A Bit More, OpenGL 4.1 Patches Pending

Wednesday 29th of July 2015 01:08:53 AM
Recently, each day has been yielding a bit more of OpenGL 4.x support within Mesa/Gallium3D. The latest patches position the RadeonSI Gallium3D driver for enabling OpenGL 4.1 compliance...

It's Been Three Years Since "GNOME 4.0" Was Proposed

Tuesday 28th of July 2015 11:00:00 PM
Three years ago this week was GUADEC 2012 where GNOME 4.0 was proposed along with GNOME OS. While GNOME 4.0 was supposed to materialize in 2014, that obviously didn't happen, but at least GNOME 3.x has matured a lot and garnered much better support than it had years ago...

Mir 0.14 Features: Mir-On-X11 Work, GCC 5 Support

Tuesday 28th of July 2015 10:11:51 PM
Mir 0.14 had been in development since May as a big feature release. Mir 0.14 is already found in the Ubuntu 15.10 "Wily Werewolf" archive while it's soon going to land for Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid users...

The AMD Radeon R9 Fury Is Running On Linux Right Now

Tuesday 28th of July 2015 07:45:12 PM
As an update to last week's article and for those not following me on Twitter, the R9 Fury graphics card is running right now on Linux. The long-awaited AMD Fiji Linux test results are now imminent...

Wine 1.7.48 Improves Support For OpenGL Core Contexts

Tuesday 28th of July 2015 06:43:52 PM
Wine 1.7.48 didn't make it out last Friday for the usual bi-weekly development released, but is out there today...

NVIDIA's Tegra X1 Delivers Stunning Performance On Ubuntu Linux

Tuesday 28th of July 2015 05:00:00 PM
NVIDIA's Tegra X1 64-bit ARM SoC running (non-Android) Linux is a beast! I was given access to a SHIELD Android TV that was configured to run Ubuntu Linux, which has led for some exciting benchmarks. In some workloads, the Tegra X1 comes up just shy of an Intel Core i3 "Broadwell" system. The Tegra X1 has me very excited about the future of ARMv8 hardware on Linux and NVIDIA's continued Tegra advancements.

Over 250,000 Benchmarks Have Run On Our 50+ System Linux Performance-Tracking Cluster

Tuesday 28th of July 2015 04:00:00 PM
Today the milestone was crossed of having run more than 250,000 open-source benchmark results for our daily Linux performance tracker setup for that continues to monitor the performance of the upstream Linux kernel, Mesa, GCC, and LLVM/Clang on a daily basis from their SVN/Git code...

Fedora Begins Preparing For RPM 4.13

Tuesday 28th of July 2015 03:27:21 PM
Fedora developers are readying for the RPM 4.13 update -- which is packing new features -- by landing the RPM 4.13 Alpha (v4.12.90) into Rawhide...

Porting HTML5 Mobile Games To Ubuntu Phone

Tuesday 28th of July 2015 02:15:26 PM
With Ubuntu Phone reviews frequently pointing out the lack of games/apps for Ubuntu Phone compared to other platforms, Ubuntu developers have been working on porting more HTML5 mobile games over to Ubuntu Phone...

NVIDIA Releases 352.30 Linux Driver

Tuesday 28th of July 2015 01:06:25 PM
NVIDIA released the 352.30 Linux graphics driver this morning that adds support for one GPU plus has a handful of bug-fixes...

Freedreno Gallium3D Gains Transform-Feedback

Tuesday 28th of July 2015 12:40:22 PM
The Freedreno driver that provides open-source, reverse-engineered graphics support for the Qualcomm Adreno graphics hardware is continuing to pick up new functionality...

Xoreos Game Engine Does Its First Release

Tuesday 28th of July 2015 12:26:31 PM
The Xoreos project did their first release of this open-source game engine seeking to re-implement BioWare's Aurora Engine...

KDE Akademy 2015 Videos Are Now Appearing Online

Tuesday 28th of July 2015 12:10:44 PM
From announcing KDE Plasma Mobile to other announcements, KDE's Akademy 2015 conference in A Coruña, Galicia, Spain has been another action-packed KDE event...

Are Open-Source GPU Drivers Sufficient For 4K Linux Gaming?

Tuesday 28th of July 2015 04:00:00 AM
Last week I published the results of a 15-way AMD/NVIDIA GPU comparison for 4K Linux gaming that was centered around the proprietary AMD/NVIDIA graphics drivers. However, if you stick to using open-source Mesa/Gallium3D drivers and are a Linux gamer, here are some benchmark results comparing the open to closed-source driver performance at 3840 x 2160.

Fedora's Package Growth Rate Has Begun To Stall

Tuesday 28th of July 2015 01:20:40 AM
The number of Fedora packages within their repository has seemed to plateau, but it's not necessarily a bad sign...

Git 2.5.0 Released

Monday 27th of July 2015 09:38:28 PM
Git 2.5.0 was officially released this afternoon...

More in Tux Machines

today's leftovers

  • Dawn of the data center operating system
    How microservices architecture and Linux containers will tame distributed computing for developers and ops
  • 30 Sys Admins to Follow on SysAdmin Day
    Systems administrators: They keep our high-tech world up and running. From capacity planning, to 3 a.m. phone calls, to retiring that 10-year-old server that uses more power than your whole house, sys admins do it all. Open source communities would not be able to thrive without the networks, services, and tools that allow for communication and collaboration, and sys admins are the ones who work thanklessly year-round to keep them going. July 31 is System Administrator Appreciation Day, a day for all of us to express our undying gratitude for sys admins. Sure, you could buy your favorite sys admin cake and ice cream, or perhaps a nice gift card. You could even go as far as not breaking the server for just one day. You also can follow these 30 sys admins.
  • See What Systemd 223 Brings New
  • Sparkfun's pcDuino Acadia Benchmarks Against Other ARM SBCs
    Sparkfun's pcDuino Acadia os a $119 USD development board powered by a Freescale i.MX6 quad-core Cortex-A9 SoC with Mali 400 graphics. There's 1GB of RAM and other connectivity options for this board.
  • Linux Based Solus OS Now Boots in Flat 1.2 Seconds
    Solus OS is a Linux distro that was built from scratch and uses a new desktop environment called Budgie. You can consider it as the next version of the Solus OS as it was built by the same developer team, so they didn’t bother changing the name for a new operating system.
  • Arch Linux 2015.08.01 Has Been Released. Upgrade Now!
    Arch Linux 2015.08.01 has been released and is powered by Kernel 4.1 and includes all the update patches since the 1st of July 2015.
  • uReadIt 3 – The Best Reddit Client For Ubuntu Touch
    As you may know, uReadIt is an open-source Reddit client for Ubuntu Touch, being one of the best native apps for Ubuntu mobile.
  • You Can Now Watch Flash Content With MPV On Ubuntu
    As you may know, Adobe Flash is not the safest thing on the internet this days. Mozilla even disabled it from the Firefox browser a while, due to the vulnerabilities found lately.
  • Ubuntu MATE 15.04 Running on the Rikomatic MK808B
    Ubuntu MATE, the latest member of the Ubuntu family, has been spotted running on the MK808B Plus Quad-Core mini TV box device. The device runs with Android 4.4 by default, but a third party developer has tweaked it to run Ubuntu.
  • LEGO Smart Home
    We spoke to Bhavana Srinivas and Geremy Cohen from PubNub about their LEGO Smart Home model, a proof of concept project that shows how you can use the Raspberry Pi with communication platform PubNub in order to automate your household electronics and other Internet of Things devices. You can read the full piece in the latest issue.
  • Compact module runs Linux on quad-core Braswell
    Congatec announced a compact, low power computer-on-module based on Intel’s 14nm “Braswell” SoCs, and featuring triple display outputs, and up to 4K video.

Leftovers: Software

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