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Scythe Mugen MAX

Saturday 13th of September 2014 01:50:00 PM
If you plan to buy an Intel Core i7 5960X Haswell-E or any other high-end processor, a good heatsink is needed especially if you plan to do any overclocking. In looking at a new cooling option today we're trying out the Scythe Mugen MAX.

Running GCC 5 On Intel's Haswell-E i7-5960X

Saturday 13th of September 2014 12:12:25 PM
After comparing GCC 4.9 and LLVM Clang 3.5 as the latest stable compilers on the new Intel Core i7 5960X "Haswell-E" system, here's benchmarks of the thousand dollar processor with the in-development GCC 5...

Wayland Is Still In Ubuntu 14.10

Saturday 13th of September 2014 08:10:00 AM
While Canonical is putting all of its eggs with their Mir display server to fulfill their desktop convergence strategy and providing the next-generation Ubuntu display experience, Wayland isn't totally off-limits for users -- at least through Ubuntu 14.10...

CompuLab's Intense-PC2 Is A Great Haswell-Based Mini Linux PC

Saturday 13th of September 2014 04:14:42 AM
Compared to most Linux PC vendors targeting consumers that are just selling re-branded white box systems with Linux preloaded, CompuLab continues to have an interesting set of original offerings that are Linux-friendly and built really well. The latest system we've had the pleasure of trying out is the Intense-PC2...

For Now Intel's Beignet Seems Better Off Than Radeon Gallium3D Clover

Friday 12th of September 2014 07:36:43 PM
While Intel's Beignet project for providing open-source OpenCL support for their hardware on Linux was widely criticized upon its debut for being a new project rather than basing the work on Gallium3D's "Clover" OpenCL state tracker, Beignet has matured much more quickly and for now at least seems to be better off than the Gallium3D OpenCL support...

X.Org Server 1.16 Lands Officially In Ubuntu 14.10

Friday 12th of September 2014 05:39:05 PM
After writing earlier this week about a new AMD Catalyst driver paving the way for X Server 1.16 in Ubuntu 14.10, the updated packages have officially landed within the Ubuntu 14.10 "Utopic Unicorn" archive...

Spliet Spills More Nouveau Re-Clocking Patches

Friday 12th of September 2014 05:20:08 PM
Roy Spliet has been one of the few open-source developers working to tackle re-clocking support for Nouveau so that this open-source, reverse-engineered NVIDIA Linux graphics driver can better perform. He's already published several sets of patches improving various bits of GPU re-clocking through this work that's being funded by the X.Org Foundation. Today he's published another patch series...

Nouveau Lands A OpenGL 4.3 Feature & Fixes MPEG4 Video Decoding

Friday 12th of September 2014 02:29:59 PM
The latest high profile work by prolific Nouveau contributor Ilia Mirkin is the landing of GL_ARB_texture_view for the NV50 and NVC0 Gallium3D drivers...

Wayland/Weston 1.6 RC2 Released

Friday 12th of September 2014 01:52:55 PM
The final release candidate of Wayland 1.6 along with the Weston reference compositor is now available for testing with hopes of officially releasing this quarterly update next week...

AMD RadeonSI Gallium3D Performance For 4K Linux Gaming

Friday 12th of September 2014 11:00:00 AM
While we routinely carry out Ultra HD (4K) Linux graphics/gaming benchmarks at Phoronix, it's generally been conducted with the proprietary NVIDIA and AMD graphics drivers since the open-source drivers traditionally have had a challenge on performance even at 1080p. However, thanks to the maturing open-source Radeon driver stack, it's possible with higher-end AMD graphics processors with the latest open-source Linux driver code to begin running at the 4K UHD resolution of 3840 x 2160.

X.Org Server 1.17 Likely To Have Built-In KMS Modesetting Driver

Friday 12th of September 2014 08:41:09 AM
Work is moving forward to land the generic, KMS-dependent mode-setting driver into the X.Org Server itself...

Intel Skylake's MPX Is Closer To Providing Linux Memory Protection

Friday 12th of September 2014 06:55:51 AM
Besides Intel publicly working on Skylake "Gen9" graphics support for Linux, Intel open-source developers are also working on other areas of Skylake hardware enablement for Linux. Work on supporting the Intel Memory Protection Extensions (MPX) that are new to the Skylake micro-architecture are still being revised for the Linux kernel and the many other operating system code-bases that need to be updated to work with this security feature...

Radeon DRM With Linux 3.18 To Support Concurrent Buffer Reads

Friday 12th of September 2014 04:05:14 AM
Another Radeon DRM driver update pull request has been submitted to drm-next for merging in the Linux 3.18 kernel...

AXIOM Beta Open-Source Camera Moves Closer To Reality

Friday 12th of September 2014 12:30:00 AM
The first digital cinema camera comprised of open-source software and open hardware is closer to becoming reality...

CD-Sized Image Of BSD-Based TrueOS Released For Servers

Thursday 11th of September 2014 11:00:00 PM
In announcing their quarterly package updates that bring a wide assortment of improvements, the PC-BSD crew shared they managed to make a CD-sized image of their TrueOS server operating system...

Fedora 21 Has Been Delayed Yet Again By Another Week

Thursday 11th of September 2014 07:18:32 PM
Another week with a F21 Alpha Go/No-Go meeting, another delay. We're now starting to wonder whether Fedora 21 final will make it out in 2014...

Running The Oibaf PPA On Ubuntu 14.10

Thursday 11th of September 2014 06:54:11 PM
While Ubuntu 14.10 is finally getting X.Org Server 1.16, it doesn't yet have Mesa 10.3 but that can be easily addressed via third-party packages...

Intel Finally Documents Broadwell's Compute Architecture

Thursday 11th of September 2014 05:26:15 PM
From the Intel Developer Forum this week in San Francisco Intel has finally published a white-paper covering their "Gen 8" compute architecture...

GCC 4.9 vs. LLVM Clang 3.5 On Intel's Haswell-E Platform Under Linux

Thursday 11th of September 2014 04:45:02 PM
With my Intel Core i7 5960X Haswell-E Linux review out there, one of the quick to be requested extra tests is benchmarking the i7-5960X 16-thread processor with LLVM/Clang against GCC. Here's some initial data comparing the compilers for this $1000+ processor...

Matrox Releases New Multi-Head PCI-E Graphics Cards

Thursday 11th of September 2014 03:39:06 PM
Matrox is out with new professional graphics cards in their new C-Series product line-up. These new graphics cards designed for driving multiple displays -- including a quad-output fan-less graphics card -- will be supported under Linux...

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