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Cube2-Forked Red Eclipse 1.5 Sees Huge Update

Sunday 22nd of March 2015 11:43:35 PM
Version 1.5 of the open-source, cross-platform Red Eclipse first person shooter was released this weekend. Red Eclipse, which in turn is based on the Cube Engien 2, has seen some significant updates with this being the first major update in about two years...

Wine-Staging 1.7.39 Works On Speeding Up Wineserver Calls

Sunday 22nd of March 2015 08:43:39 PM
Following Friday's release of Wine 1.7.39, Wine-Staging 1.7.39 was released this Sunday with hundreds of extra patches on top of Wine...

What Linux vs. OS X Performance Tests Should Be Run Next?

Sunday 22nd of March 2015 06:07:11 PM
A new Apple Mac Mini happened to arrive at Phoronix that sports Intel Iris Graphics. It's now time to start benchmarking this Apple system with Intel Core i5 processor and run some comparative tests against Linux...

Support For Multiple Graphics Drivers With AMDKFD Kernel Driver

Sunday 22nd of March 2015 03:29:22 PM
A patch published on Sunday for the new AMDKFD HSA kernel driver adds support for using more than one graphics card/driver...

OpenGL Threaded Optimizations Responsible For NVIDIA's Faster Performance?

Sunday 22nd of March 2015 02:30:00 PM
With the recent BioShock Infinite Linux benchmark results and the big Metro Redux graphics card comparison on Linux, a fair number of Linux gamers have been bringing it up in the forums with their hypothesis that NVIDIA's Linux gaming performance wins is due to their driver supporting OpenGL threaded optimizations. Well, that's not always the case, as shown in this article with a __GL_THREADED_OPTIMIZATIONS comparison in many Linux games with different GeForce hardware.

A Look At BCache vs. LVM Cache For HDD+SSD Linux Systems

Sunday 22nd of March 2015 01:45:29 PM
For those thinking about potentially running a Linux system with a combination of SSD and HDD so that the solid-state drive would be able to act as a performance cache for commonly used data, BCache and LVM-cache/dmcache are two of the commonly used solutions...

AMD Is Hiring Two More Open-Source Linux GPU Driver Developers

Sunday 22nd of March 2015 01:28:04 PM
AMD issued two job postings this past week for hiring more open-source Linux graphics driver developers...

X.Org Core Purpose: Free & Open Accelerated Graphics Stack

Sunday 22nd of March 2015 12:57:36 PM
The 2015 X.Org Elections are finally getting started tomorrow after being delayed and running close on time for responding to SPI's resolution. Just in time for the elections to start, the revised foundation by-laws have been published that shift the focus of what the X.Org Foundation is about...

Big Graphics Card Comparison Of Metro Redux Games On Linux

Saturday 21st of March 2015 05:00:00 PM
While in the process of benchmarking BioShock Infinite on Linux with AMD and NVIDIA hardware given the Linux release of the title this week, I also took this opportunity to run a 22-way graphics card comparison of Metro Last Light Redux and Metro 2033 Redux on the latest AMD and NVIDIA graphics drivers atop Ubuntu 15.04. Here's those results.

Chromebooks Powered By The MIPS Pistachio, Linux Support Evolving

Saturday 21st of March 2015 03:18:12 PM
While Google Chromebooks up to this point have tended to be ARM-based along with some using low-power Atom x86 SoCs, it appears Imagination Technologies is working towards some MIPS design wins for these Internet-focused devices. Imagination has been working on MIPS improvements within Coreboot as a ChromeOS partner...

OpenGL Arrays-of-Arrays Getting Finished Up For Mesa

Saturday 21st of March 2015 02:29:33 PM
Timothy Arceri has moved on to working towards finishing up work on the ARB_arrays_of_arrays extension as needed by OpenGL 4.3...

NSS 3.18 Release Increases RSA Key Pair Size, Ups Protocol Versions

Saturday 21st of March 2015 12:55:37 PM
Mozilla announced the updated release this week of their NSS (Network Security Services) libraries...

New SecureBoot Concerns Arise With Windows 10

Saturday 21st of March 2015 11:40:41 AM
Linux users are getting frightened after yesterday's news of SecureBoot on Windows 10 potentially not being disable-able...

Allwinner Plays Around With Licenses On Its Media Codec

Saturday 21st of March 2015 11:27:41 AM
Allwinner has yet to clarify their license position on their media codec code or fully open up their encode/decode library for that matter when it's fairly clear they're violating the GPL and recently they've been trying to cover it up by obfuscating their binaries...

HDMI CEC Framework Revived For The Linux Kernel

Saturday 21st of March 2015 08:17:40 AM
The HDMI CEC (Consumer Electronics Control) framework for the Linux kernel has been revived after being stalled in development for quite some time...

There's Many Exciting Possible GSoC 2015 Coding Projects

Saturday 21st of March 2015 04:09:48 AM
For student developers wishing to get involved with upstream open-source projects this summer and to be paid $5500 USD by Google for the work, there's one week left to apply to participate in this year's Google Summer of Code. Here's some of the most exciting project ideas I've seen thus far...

The Linux Milestones That Didn't Make It This Winter

Saturday 21st of March 2015 01:06:00 AM
While this winter brought many exciting milestones for Linux and open-source fans, there's also some milestones/features hoped for this winter that haven't yet come to fruition...

Is The Open64 Compiler Finally Down For The Count?

Friday 20th of March 2015 08:52:43 PM
It's been over three years since the last major Open64 compiler update and development of Open64 seems more or less over. This open-source compiler with a long history vanished from the web this week and some question whether its website will even return...

The Most Popular Linux News & Milestones From This Winter

Friday 20th of March 2015 05:28:35 PM
With winter now officially over in the Northern Hemisphere, here's a look back at the most popular Linux news and milestones for this past winter...

BioShock Infinite Is The Latest Game Showing Why Linux Gamers Choose NVIDIA

Friday 20th of March 2015 03:00:00 PM
This week's release of BioShock Infinite for Linux reinforces the common recommendation by Linux game developers that those seeking the best support and performance should use the proprietary NVIDIA graphics driver. Here's an initial look at the BioShock Infinite performance on Ubuntu between AMD and NVIDIA graphics.

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