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New Technology Preview Of QtWebKit

Sunday 19th of June 2016 03:56:12 PM
There's a new technology preview release of QtWebKit for those wanting to use this formerly retired WebKit-based module instead of the newer QtWebEngine that makes use of Chromium's Blink engine...

5-Way Mesa 12.1-dev + Linux 4.7 Git Radeon Comparison

Sunday 19th of June 2016 01:48:25 PM
Following the massive Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu 16.04 Graphics Performance With Radeon Software, AMDGPU-PRO, AMDGPU+RadeonSI article, I immediately started work on my next article... In preparation for a hardware launch Linux testing later this month, I started testing my collection of AMD cards on Linux 4.7 and Mesa 12.1-dev. Here are some of those results if you are curious, including performance-per-Watt metrics...

FreeBSD 11.0 Alpha 4 Released

Sunday 19th of June 2016 01:39:04 PM
The fourth alpha release of the upcoming FreeBSD 11.0 is now available for testing...

Virt-Manager 1.4 Exposes The New OpenGL Options

Sunday 19th of June 2016 01:27:58 PM
Virt-Manager 1.4 has been released and it's a great release for those wanting to easily play with Virgl for OpenGL atop the open-source Linux virtualization stack...

Antergos Spins New ISOs, The Last Time Pushing 32-bit Media

Sunday 19th of June 2016 01:19:25 PM
Antergos 2016.06.18 has been released as a re-spin of this Arch-based Linux distribution...

Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu 16.04 Graphics Performance With Radeon Software, AMDGPU-PRO, AMDGPU+RadeonSI

Saturday 18th of June 2016 02:00:00 PM
Yesterday I published some Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu 16.04 Linux gaming benchmarks using the GeForce GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 graphics cards. Those numbers were interesting with the NVIDIA proprietary driver but for benchmarking this weekend are Windows 10 results with Radeon Software compared to Ubuntu 16.04 running the new AMDGPU-PRO hybrid driver as well as the latest Git code for a pure open-source driver stack.

KDE Developers Have Been Working On Improved Windows Support

Saturday 18th of June 2016 01:17:06 PM
KDE developers this week at Randa have ben working on improvements for KDE applications on Windows...

LLVM's Clang Is Working On Unified Offloading Support

Saturday 18th of June 2016 12:11:23 PM
There's more work going on in the CUDA/OpenMP space for the LLVM Clang compiler...

Snagging A Deal On My Newest 4K Adaptive-Sync Monitor For Linux Testing

Saturday 18th of June 2016 11:44:12 AM
If you happen to be in the market for a 4K 28-inch display, here's the latest one I have purchased for our Linux hardware testing here at Phoronix. Right now it also appears to be for a very competitive deal at one particular e-tailer...

Faster Rendering Appears To Be Coming For LibreOffice

Saturday 18th of June 2016 11:18:12 AM
Some rendering speed improvements have been worked on recently for the LibreOffice open-source office suite and are now present in LO Git...

KDE Plasma 5.7 Beta Released

Friday 17th of June 2016 05:40:17 PM
KDE developers quietly released the Plasma 5.7 beta on Thursday for offering a new glimpse at the experience ahead of its official debut in July...

Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu 16.04 Gaming With NVIDIA's GTX 1070 & GTX 1080

Friday 17th of June 2016 01:28:49 PM
For your viewing pleasure this Friday is our largest Windows vs. Linux graphics/gaming performance comparison ever conducted at Phoronix in the past 12 years! With the brand new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 graphics cards, their performance was compared under Windows 10 Pro x64 and Ubuntu 16.04 x86_64 when using the very latest NVIDIA Corp drivers for each OS. A range of Steam gaming benchmarks and more were done, including some cross-platform Vulkan graphics benchmarks. Continue on for this interesting comparison.

LLVM Has New "parallel-lib" Sub-Project

Friday 17th of June 2016 12:01:31 PM
Parallel-Lib is a new project out of the LLVM group...

Steam Beta Brings Many Improvements For Steam Controllers

Friday 17th of June 2016 02:11:12 AM
If you picked up the Steam Controller during the recent deal that put it at just $35 USD or have had one of these controllers from Valve for some time, you'll definitely want to check out the latest Steam client beta available tonight...

Intel Is Insanely Close To Showing Off OpenGL 4.5 With Their Mesa Driver

Thursday 16th of June 2016 09:52:44 PM
It could really be any day now that the Intel i965 Mesa DRI driver exposes OpenGL 4.5 support!..

Fedora 24 Is Cleared For Landing Next Week

Thursday 16th of June 2016 07:29:31 PM
After being challenged by multiple delays this release cycle, Fedora 24 was given the go-ahead to be released next week...

A Brief Look At Fedora 24

Thursday 16th of June 2016 03:19:02 PM
Another six months, another Fedora release, from the guys and gals wearing the funny looking hats. Fedora 24 Workstation comes with Gnome 3.20.2, Linux Kernel 4.5.5, Mesa 11.2.1, X Server 1.18.3, and Wayland protocol version 1.10.

Acer's CXI2 Chromebox Now Has Upstream Coreboot Support

Thursday 16th of June 2016 12:30:57 PM
Acer's CXI2 Chromebox line-up is now supported by mainline Coreboot...

GNOME & KDE Join The Document Foundation Advisory Board

Thursday 16th of June 2016 12:17:05 PM
The GNOME Foundation and KDE e.V. have joined the Advisory Board of The Document Foundation...

Wine 1.8.3 Released With More Bug Fixes

Thursday 16th of June 2016 12:07:33 PM
Wine 1.8.3 is now the latest stable version of this open-source software for running Windows programs and games on Linux and other operating systems...

More in Tux Machines

Leftovers: OSS

OSS in the Back End

  • Open Source NFV Part Four: Open Source MANO
    Defined in ETSI ISG NFV architecture, MANO (Management and Network Orchestration) is a layer — a combination of multiple functional entities — that manages and orchestrates the cloud infrastructure, resources and services. It is comprised of, mainly, three different entities — NFV Orchestrator, VNF Manager and Virtual Infrastructure Manager (VIM). The figure below highlights the MANO part of the ETSI NFV architecture.
  • After the hype: Where containers make sense for IT organizations
    Container software and its related technologies are on fire, winning the hearts and minds of thousands of developers and catching the attention of hundreds of enterprises, as evidenced by the huge number of attendees at this week’s DockerCon 2016 event. The big tech companies are going all in. Google, IBM, Microsoft and many others were out in full force at DockerCon, scrambling to demonstrate how they’re investing in and supporting containers. Recent surveys indicate that container adoption is surging, with legions of users reporting they’re ready to take the next step and move from testing to production. Such is the popularity of containers that SiliconANGLE founder and theCUBE host John Furrier was prompted to proclaim that, thanks to containers, “DevOps is now mainstream.” That will change the game for those who invest in containers while causing “a world of hurt” for those who have yet to adapt, Furrier said.
  • Is Apstra SDN? Same idea, different angle
    The company’s product, called Apstra Operating System (AOS), takes policies based on the enterprise’s intent and automatically translates them into settings on network devices from multiple vendors. When the IT department wants to add a new component to the data center, AOS is designed to figure out what needed changes would flow from that addition and carry them out. The distributed OS is vendor-agnostic. It will work with devices from Cisco Systems, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Juniper Networks, Cumulus Networks, the Open Compute Project and others.
  • MapR Launches New Partner Program for Open Source Data Analytics
    Converged data vendor MapR has launched a new global partner program for resellers and distributors to leverage the company's integrated data storage, processing and analytics platform.
  • A Seamless Monitoring System for Apache Mesos Clusters
  • All Marathons Need a Runner. Introducing Pheidippides
    Activision Publishing, a computer games publisher, uses a Mesos-based platform to manage vast quantities of data collected from players to automate much of the gameplay behavior. To address a critical configuration management problem, James Humphrey and John Dennison built a rather elegant solution that puts all configurations in a single place, and named it Pheidippides.
  • New Tools and Techniques for Managing and Monitoring Mesos
    The platform includes a large number of tools including Logstash, Elasticsearch, InfluxDB, and Kibana.
  • BlueData Can Run Hadoop on AWS, Leave Data on Premises
    We've been watching the Big Data space pick up momentum this year, and Big Data as a Service is one of the most interesting new branches of this trend to follow. In a new development in this space, BlueData, provider of a leading Big-Data-as-a-Service software platform, has announced that the enterprise edition of its BlueData EPIC software will run on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and other public clouds. Essentially, users can now run their cloud and computing applications and services in an Amazon Web Services (AWS) instance while keeping data on-premises, which is required for some companies in the European Union.

today's howtos

Industrial SBC builds on Raspberry Pi Compute Module

On Kickstarter, a “MyPi” industrial SBC using the RPi Compute Module offers a mini-PCIe slot, serial port, wide-range power, and modular expansion. You might wonder why in 2016 someone would introduce a sandwich-style single board computer built around the aging, ARM11 based COM version of the original Raspberry Pi, the Raspberry Pi Compute Module. First off, there are still plenty of industrial applications that don’t need much CPU horsepower, and second, the Compute Module is still the only COM based on Raspberry Pi hardware, although the cheaper, somewhat COM-like Raspberry Pi Zero, which has the same 700MHz processor, comes close. Read more