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GStreamer 1.4 Will Make OpenGL A First-Class Citizen

Sun, 13/04/2014 - 1:00pm
The GStreamer 1.4 release that will happen in a few weeks time is officially making OpenGL a "first class citizen" and can be used by all platforms / operating systems supporting this open-source multimedia framework...

The GNOME Foundation Is Running Short On Money

Sun, 13/04/2014 - 12:43pm
While GNOME has been riding high lately with driving the development of its Wayland-based compositor and being the first major desktop getting there natively for most of its applications, and the overall work on the recent GNOME 3.12 release being fairly exciting, on the foundation side they are running into a budget shortfall and funds are becoming very tight within the GNOME Foundation...

Linux 3.15 Can Almost Be Compiled Under LLVM's Clang

Sun, 13/04/2014 - 2:27am
A few hours ago I wrote about the most interesting features for the Linux 3.15 kernel from my perspective as it didn't look like anything else interesting would be introduced this late in the merge window before the imminent 3.15-rc1. However, this time I've been happily proven wrong with Clang patches being added to the Linux 3.15 kernel...

The Linux 3.15 Kernel Is Going To Have A Lot Of Great Features

Sat, 12/04/2014 - 10:00pm
There's likely just a day or two left before the Linux 3.15-rc1 kernel will be released to mark the end of the Linux 3.15 kernel merge window. With all of the major features appearing to have been merged by now, here's an overview of the exciting features to look forward to with the Linux 3.15 release...

DDR3 Memory Scaling Performance With AMD's Athlon 5350

Sat, 12/04/2014 - 5:00pm
Our latest benchmarks of AMD's AM1 Platform this weekend is looking at the performance impact of the DDR3 memory frequency on the overall system performance while running Ubuntu Linux. The AMD Athlon 5350 APU was tested with DDR3 at 800MHz, 1066MHz, 1333MHz, and 1600MHz (the maximum for these current socketed Kabini APUs).

GNOME Aims To Get Mutter-Wayland Running With LLVMpipe

Sat, 12/04/2014 - 2:51pm
There's a set of new Mesa patches for turning Mesa's swrast driver into supporting DRI2 with GBM/DRM support in order to support running GNOME's Mutter-Wayland compositor on a software-based graphics stack within virtual machines...

Slides From The 2014 European LLVM Conference

Sat, 12/04/2014 - 2:25pm
The annual European LLVM Conference happened this past week in Edinburgh, Scotland. Slides and other media from the LLVM compiler infrastructure presentation are now available...

Running GCC 4.9 On AMD's AM1 Kabini With Jaguar Cores

Sat, 12/04/2014 - 1:16pm
Using the AMD Athlon 5350 AM1 APU with its four "Jaguar" cores operating at 2.05GHz, I ran some benchmarks from Ubuntu 14.04 Linux comparing the performance of binaries compiled under GCC 4.8.2 and this week's GCC 4.9.0 RC1. Is GCC 4.9 better able to exploit the potential out of AMD's Jaguar microarchitecture? Let's see...

Linux 3.15 Can Resume From Suspend 7~12x Faster

Sat, 12/04/2014 - 12:17pm
Early on in the Linux 3.15 merge window there were improvements to significantly speed-up suspend and resume for systems, but now there's another late merge of a patch that has the capability of speeding up the resume time from suspend by 7~12x for at least some laptop/desktop systems...

GNOME's EasyTAG 2.2 Supports GTK3+ By Default & New Features

Sat, 12/04/2014 - 8:01am
The GNOME EasyTAG application is a simple, open-source way for editing audio tags within popular audio file formats. The much-revamped EasyTAG 2.2.0 is now available...

LLVM 3.4.1 Is Now Ready For Testing

Sat, 12/04/2014 - 5:49am
Point releases to the LLVM compiler infrastructure are finally becoming a reality with the LLVM 3.4.1 release being just days away...

Btrfs Gets A Few More Linux 3.15 Changes

Sat, 12/04/2014 - 4:05am
For the Linux 3.15 kernel were already a lot of Btrfs bug and performance fixes, but now late into the 3.15 merge window have been some more fixes...

NVIDIA Might Be Working On G-SYNC Linux Support

Fri, 11/04/2014 - 10:55pm
With this week's NVIDIA 337.12 Beta driver release that was exciting for bringing overclocking support for new GPUs and other features, it also looks like NVIDIA developers are working on G-SYNC Linux support...

More Details On Wine's GPU Video Decode Plans

Fri, 11/04/2014 - 10:35pm
With the Wine 1.7.16 release that happened two weeks ago there was stub functions for Microsoft DxVA video acceleration. The support wasn't actually implemented, but we now have more of an idea for the Wine plans in handling DirectX Video Acceleration...

Virt-Manager Now Supports FreeBSD's Bhyve

Fri, 11/04/2014 - 10:31pm
Bhyve, the new virtualization hypervisor introduced in FreeBSD 10.0, can now be easily managed by virt-manager...

AMD Athlon 5150 & Sempron 2650/3850 APUs On Linux

Fri, 11/04/2014 - 5:58pm
This week AMD announced Athlon and Sempron APUs for their new AM1 platform that's comprised of socketed Kabinis with Radeon R3 (GCN-era) graphics. I delivered a launch-day Linux review of the AMD Athlon 5350 that is the highest-end AM1 APU currently offered while arriving today were the three other AM1 APUs: the Athlon 5150 and the Sempron 3850 and Sempron 2650 APUs...

Bringing Major Features, GCC 4.9 RC1 Has Been Released

Fri, 11/04/2014 - 5:05pm
As the annual update to the GNU Compiler Collection, GCC 4.9 is poised to be released in the days ahead. The first release candidate was issued today and it's a very hefty update to this leading open-source compiler...

Updated AMD Microcode Fixes The R7 260X, Other "SI" GPUs

Fri, 11/04/2014 - 4:37pm
Alex Deucher sent out a set of three patches today to update the microcode used by the AMD "Southern Islands" graphics processors...

NVIDIA GeForce 337 Beta Driver Linux Overclocking Trials

Fri, 11/04/2014 - 1:45pm
NVIDIA released their first 337 Linux driver beta earlier this week and it finally brings GPU overclocking support for the GeForce 400 "Fermi" series and newer, up through the latest-generation Maxwell graphics hardware.

Working Out "Serious Security Flaws" In DRM Drivers

Fri, 11/04/2014 - 1:13pm
While many are still busy working through fallout of the OpenSSL Heartbleed bug within organizations, on a separate but security related note, kernel developers specializing in the Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) graphics drivers are working to beef up their own driver security...