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GCC 6.2 Compiler Released

Monday 22nd of August 2016 12:00:13 PM
GCC 6.2 is now available as the first stable update to this year's GCC 6/6.1 compiler release...

GNOME Photos 3.22 Is Coming With Sharing Support

Monday 22nd of August 2016 12:22:29 AM
GNOME Photos 3.21.90 was released this weekend and it finally adds experimental sharing support ahead of next month's GNOME 3.22 release...

Linux 4.8-rc3 Kernel Is Out

Sunday 21st of August 2016 11:57:42 PM
Linus Torvalds announced today the third weekly test release of the Linux 4.8 kernel, which is currently codenamed the Psychotic Stoned Sheep...

10-Way Radeon/AMDGPU Benchmarks On Linux 4.8 + Mesa 12.1 Git

Sunday 21st of August 2016 10:49:35 PM
Continuing off from the fresh open-source AMDGPU test data from yesterday's AMDGPU-PRO vs. open-source Polaris + Fiji comparison, here are more AMD graphics cards tested from the Linux 4.8 development code paired with Mesa 12.1 Git...

Skylake EDAC Driver Is A Late Addition To Linux 4.8 Kernel

Sunday 21st of August 2016 09:14:02 PM
A new driver addition coming only now to the Linux 4.8 kernel after the merge window closure is skx_edac...

OpenMandriva Lx 3.0 Performance Benchmarks Against Other Linux/BSD Distributions

Sunday 21st of August 2016 02:52:23 PM
OpenMandriva Lx 3.0 was released last week and since then many Phoronix readers have inquired about benchmarks of it since it's the first major GNU/Linux distribution using the LLVM Clang compiler by default over GCC...

August Has Been A Super Exciting Month So Far For Linux / Open-Source Users

Sunday 21st of August 2016 01:52:36 PM
Just over half-way through August, it's been a particularly exciting month for Linux and open-source fans. From Microsoft bringing PowerShell to Linux, Google working on a new operating system, AMD making open-source driver progress, Fedora 25 going ahead with Wayland by default, and more, there's been excitement for almost everyone this month...

Intel Skylake Multi-Screen Issues On Linux Still Happening

Sunday 21st of August 2016 01:40:01 PM
While Intel Skylake hardware has been available for one year now, various issues persist for Linux desktop users wishing to make use of Skylake graphics on Intel's open-source Linux driver...

GNOME's New US-Based Conference Is One Month Away

Sunday 21st of August 2016 01:14:39 PM
Happening next month in Portland, Oregon is GNOME's first US-based conference...

AMDGPU-PRO vs. Open-Source Gallium3D OpenGL Performance On Polaris Is A Very Tight Race

Saturday 20th of August 2016 04:00:00 PM
For those wondering how AMD's hybrid "AMDGPU-PRO" Linux driver stack compares to the latest pure open-source driver stack of the AMDGPU kernel driver and RadeonSI Gallium3D driver, here are side-by-side results for the Radeon RX 460, RX 470, and RX 480 Polaris hardware as well as the R9 Fury (Fiji) graphics card.

Systemd Rolls Out Its Own Mount Tool

Saturday 20th of August 2016 01:00:00 PM
Systemd-mount is the newest tool added to systemd by Lennart Poettering...

DragonFlyBSD Decides To Drop PulseAudio

Saturday 20th of August 2016 12:39:59 PM
DragonFlyBSD developers have decided to remove PulseAudio from their dports packaging system and patch their desktop software to not depend upon this open-source sound server...

LLVM Clang 3.9 Still On Track For Release Next Week

Saturday 20th of August 2016 12:06:46 PM
LLVM release manager Hans Wennborg tagged LLVM 3.9.0-rc2 on Thursday and it's still looking like LLVM/Clang 3.9 could ship on schedule next week...

New QtWebKit Preview Adds NPAPI & Qt Plugin Support

Saturday 20th of August 2016 11:49:14 AM
While upstream Qt developers continue focused on supporting Qt WebEngine as their Chromium-based browser engine environment, others meanwhile have been working on reviving Qt WebKit...

ReactOS 0.4.2 Officially Released

Saturday 20th of August 2016 11:40:05 AM
Version 0.4.2 of ReactOS, the open-source Windows re-implementation, is now officially available...

Mutter Now Supports Virtual Input Devices, GNOME Shell Improved Wayland Keyboard

Saturday 20th of August 2016 12:10:57 AM
The GNOME 3.21.90 packages were released this week in preparation for next month's GNOME 3.22 desktop release...

Fedora 25 To Run Wayland By Default

Friday 19th of August 2016 09:47:13 PM
The Fedora Engineering and Steering Committee has decided that Fedora 25 will indeed ship the Wayland display server by default in place of the X.Org Server...

16-Way OpenCL Compute Comparison Of The Latest Polaris & Pascal GPUs

Friday 19th of August 2016 03:00:00 PM
After running many OpenGL and Vulkan NVIDIA vs. AMD Linux benchmarks earlier this week, here is a 16-way graphics card comparison when testing the AMD Radeon "Polaris" and NVIDIA GeForce "Pascal" GPUs, among others, on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and looking squarely at the OpenCL compute performance. Many OpenCL tests plus performance-per-Watt metrics too when using the latest NVIDIA proprietary Linux driver and AMDGPU-PRO.

Wine 1.9.17 Released, Direct3D CSMT & D3D11 Still Lacking

Friday 19th of August 2016 02:16:07 PM
Wine 1.9.17 is the latest bi-weekly release of this open-source software for running Windows programs/games on Linux and other operating systems...

NVIDIA 370 Beta Has Experimental PRIME Synchronization

Friday 19th of August 2016 02:04:07 PM
Earlier this week NVIDIA rolled out the 370.23 beta Linux driver and alongside the Pascal over/under-clocking support and other improvements for the GeForce GTX 1000 series, there is also experimental PRIME synchronization support...

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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.3 Beta Adds NVDIMM Support, Improves Security

Today, August 25, 2016, Red Hat announced that version 7.3 of its powerful Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating system is now in development, and a Beta build is available for download and testing. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.3 Beta brings lots of improvements and innovations, support for new hardware devices, and improves the overall security of the Linux kernel-based operating system used by some of the biggest enterprises and organizations around the globe. Among some of the major new features implemented in the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.3 release, we can mention important networking improvements, and support for Non-Volatile Dual In-line Memory Modules (NVDIMMs). Read more Also: CentOS 6 Linux OS Receives Important Kernel Security Update from Red Hat Release of Red Hat Virtualization 4 Offers New Functionality for Workloads

Ubuntu 16.10 Beta 1 Released, Available to Download Now

The Ubuntu 16.10 Beta 1 releases are now available to download. You know the drill by now: {num} Ubuntu flavors, some freshly pressed ISOs, plenty of new bugs to find and no guarantees that things won’t go boom. Read more Also: Ubuntu 16.10 Beta Launches for Opt-in Flavors, Adds GCC 6.2 and LibreOffice 5.2

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PC-BSD Becomes TrueOS, FreeBSD 11.0 Reaches RC2

  • More Details On PC-BSD's Rebranding As TrueOS
    Most Phoronix readers know PC-BSD as the BSD operating system derived from FreeBSD that aims to be user-friendly on the desktop side and they've done a fairly good job at that over the years. However, the OS has been in the process of re-branding itself as TrueOS. PC-BSD has been offering "TrueOS Server" for a while now as their FreeBSD-based server offering. But around the upcoming FreeBSD 11.0 release they are looking to re-brand their primary desktop download too now as TrueOS.
  • FreeBSD 11.0-RC2 Arrives With Fixes
    The second release candidate to the upcoming FreeBSD 11 is now available for testing. FreeBSD 11.0-RC2 ships with various bug fixes, several networking related changes, Clang compiler fixes, and other updates. FreeBSD 11.0 is bringing updated KMS drivers, Linux binary compatibility layer improvements, UEFI improvements, Bhyve virtualization improvements, and a plethora of other work. Those not yet familiar with FreeBSD 11 can see the what's new guide.